Smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.
The Golden State’s capitol is surprisingly thin on local regulation and licensing requirements. Sacramento largely defers to the rules of the resident state government. However, the County of Sacramento has a number of clear and strict policies regarding public health and the environment. Additionally, both local governments make paperwork clear, straightforward and easy. In a city literally filled with bureaucracy, residents can enjoy some streamlined government. Besides providing government to California, Sacramento is home to the agriculture and aerospace industries and houses several significant companies: Sutter Health, Blue Diamond Growers, Aerojet, Teichert, and The McClatchy Company.